Cognitive Dissonance

"Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!" - Allen Ginsberg

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Any decent newspaper with a backbone cannot have decisions on whether to cover a story based on whether the story will make people angry. The job of a community newspaper is not pretending something didn’t take place or ignoring it because it will upset people. […]

Many of the calls I received had the caller stating something to the effect, “I don’t need my children to read this.” Ugh. We have stories about child molesters, murders and all kinds of vicious, barbaric acts of evil committed by heinous criminals on our front page and yet we never receive a call from anyone saying, “I don’t need my child reading this.” Never. Ever. However, a story about two women exchanging marriage vows and we get swamped with people worried about their children. […]

You have a right to believe whatever you want. We weren’t trying to change your mind about that. We were simply reporting the story to the best of our ability. We are also happy to report the other side, too. We have run numerous letters that have attacked gay marriage in the LL-C since that story ran. However, I can’t help but be saddened by the hate-filled, viciousness of many of the comments directed toward our staff.

Jim Cegielski, owner of the Laurel Leader-Call newspaper in Mississippi, defending his newspaper’s decision to cover the wedding of Jessica Powell and Crystal Craven in Laurel, Miss.

Bravo!

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Chick-fil-A store breaks with founder to sponsor LGBT Pride

New Hampshire’s only Chick-fil-A restaurant is going against the wishes of chicken chain founder Dan Cathy by pledging to co-sponsor an LGBT Pride Festival in the state.

In a statement on the New Hampshire Pride Festival website, Nashua Chick-fil-A franchise manager Anthony Picolia said he was backing the the event, citing “positive relationships with family, friends, customers and employees in the LGBT community.”

"It would make me sad if someone felt that they were not openly welcomed into my life or restaurant based on their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender," Picolia explained. "Chick-fil-A at Pheasant Lane Mall has gay employees and serves gay customers with honor, dignity and respect. We also don’t discriminate in giving back to the Nashua community, donating to a wide variety of causes."

Being a decent human being. You’re doing it right.

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Noah's Dad - Target Is ‘Down’ With Down Syndrome: 5 Things Target Said By Saying Nothing At All

Noah’s Dad, a site dedicated to showing people with Down Syndrome are still, uh, people, spotted a Target ad that warms my heart. I’ll let him explain:

If you were browsing through this week’s Target ad you may have passed right over the adorable little boy in the bright orange shirt smiling at you on page 9! And if so, I’m glad!

The reason I’m glad? Well, that stylish young man in the orange shirt is Ryan. Ryan just so happened to have been born with Down syndrome, and I’m glad that Target included a model with down syndrome in their typical ad!

This wasn’t a “Special Clothing For Special People" catalog. There wasn’t a call out somewhere on the page proudly proclaiming that "Target’s proud to feature a model with Down syndrome in this week’s ad!" … In other words, they didn’t make a big deal out of it. I like that.

I like that too. As awful as Target and other soulless bigboxes have been (see donations to anti-gay candidates, cutting into the Thanksgiving holidays of employees for Black Friday, and breastfeeding moms), it’s great to see one of them do the right thing. The ad, from Noah’s Dad:

Finally Noah’s Dad gives us examples of why Target is doing it right:

I could list a hundred things Target said by running this ad, let me give you 5 that immediately come to mind:

  1. They said that people born with Down syndrome deserve to be treated the same as every other person on this planet.
  2. They said that it’s time for organizations to be intentional about seeking creative ways to help promote inclusion, not exclusion. (It’s no accident that Target used a model with Down syndrome in this ad; it was an intentional decision. If [we] want the world to be a place where everyone is treated equal we can’t just sit around and watch the days tick away. We have to be intentional. We have to do something.)
  3. They said that companies don’t have to call attention to the fact that they choose to be inclusive in order for people to notice their support for people with disabilities. In fact, by notmaking a big deal out of it they are doing a better job of showing their support for the special needs community.
  4. They said it’s important for the world to see people born with disabilities with a fresh set of eyes. That it’s time for us to lay down all the inaccurate stereotypes from the past and move forward embracing the future with true and accurate ones
  5. They said you don’t have to spend a lot for your kids to look good! (I mean come on, that shirt’s only five bucks!)

I think he nails it here with the point that companies can be inclusive without tooting their own horn about being inclusive. Whenever I see a “very special feature” highlighting individuals who are somehow not straight, white, adult males, I just want to bake a batch of these and hand them out with fanfare:

cookie--meets minimum standards

We live in a society where patting one’s self (or corporation) on the back seems to be the norm, so when a corporation like Target (or anyone) does the right thing without feeling the need to point it out, I give a thumbs up.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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lord-kitschener:

suckmyphallus:

goddamnitreddas:

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all arguments invalid

oh my god the first and third gifs

just rub your face all over the dog please you stupid sexy james bond villain

LADIES AND GENTLMEN

VLADIMIR PUTIN

“There, I’m done feigning affection. Now take dog and make sure no one ever hears from it again.”

Hey, Republicans! Take note! This is how you pander, right here. Losing support? Nuzzle a puppy.

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Meet Cheri Honkala. She’s running for sheriff of Philadelphia as the Green Party candidate, and she’s amazing. Her statement:

My name is Cheri Honkala and I’m running for Sheriff of Philadelphia to keep families in their homes. Every 7 seconds in this country a family is going into foreclosure. The banks received billions of dollars in taxpayer bailout money and yet they refuse to help out struggling homeowners and continue to increase blight and homelessness in our communities. Well, I’m here to act as the people’s bailout! When I’m elected Sheriff, I will refuse to throw anyone out of their home. We live in the richest nation in the world and there is no reason why we can’t house every man, woman, and child.
I’m also working to establish community land trusts. There are over 40,000 vacant properties in our city and having democratic community-based control over these properties offers the potential for housing people in need of homes and creating more urban gardens, farms, and public spaces.
I will refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We are a nation of immigrants and must work together and not against one another if we’re going to survive this economy.
In the past 10 years our civil liberties have been degraded through legislation like the Patriot Act. As the people’s Sheriff I will uphold the US Constitution.
I believe in transparency. The previous Philadelphia Sheriff’s office cannot account for 53 million dollars. I will ensure that the financial records and activities of the Sheriff’s office are public and accessible.
I’m a formerly homeless mother who, for over 25 years, has been fighting for economic human rights alongside poor and homeless people in Philadelphia and across America. Together we’ve been working on the sources, not just the symptoms of our problems, to create a more compassionate and sustainable economy. My campaign for Sheriff is a rare opportunity for us to do something real and significant about the crisis we are facing. Let’s make history again in Philadelphia. Please support my campaign.
Please Donate, Volunteer, and Spread the Word…
Another Philadelphia is coming November 8

If you live in or near Philly, spread the word. Visit her site for videos of her debating and discussing Occupy Wall Street. Remember, it’s not the worst idea to occupy the polls as well as the streets.

Meet Cheri Honkala. She’s running for sheriff of Philadelphia as the Green Party candidate, and she’s amazing. Her statement:

My name is Cheri Honkala and I’m running for Sheriff of Philadelphia to keep families in their homes. Every 7 seconds in this country a family is going into foreclosure. The banks received billions of dollars in taxpayer bailout money and yet they refuse to help out struggling homeowners and continue to increase blight and homelessness in our communities. Well, I’m here to act as the people’s bailout! When I’m elected Sheriff, I will refuse to throw anyone out of their home. We live in the richest nation in the world and there is no reason why we can’t house every man, woman, and child.

I’m also working to establish community land trusts. There are over 40,000 vacant properties in our city and having democratic community-based control over these properties offers the potential for housing people in need of homes and creating more urban gardens, farms, and public spaces.

I will refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We are a nation of immigrants and must work together and not against one another if we’re going to survive this economy.

In the past 10 years our civil liberties have been degraded through legislation like the Patriot Act. As the people’s Sheriff I will uphold the US Constitution.

I believe in transparency. The previous Philadelphia Sheriff’s office cannot account for 53 million dollars. I will ensure that the financial records and activities of the Sheriff’s office are public and accessible.

I’m a formerly homeless mother who, for over 25 years, has been fighting for economic human rights alongside poor and homeless people in Philadelphia and across America. Together we’ve been working on the sources, not just the symptoms of our problems, to create a more compassionate and sustainable economy. My campaign for Sheriff is a rare opportunity for us to do something real and significant about the crisis we are facing. Let’s make history again in Philadelphia. Please support my campaign.

Please Donate, Volunteer, and Spread the Word…

Another Philadelphia is coming November 8

If you live in or near Philly, spread the word. Visit her site for videos of her debating and discussing Occupy Wall Street. Remember, it’s not the worst idea to occupy the polls as well as the streets.

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New York cops defy order to arrest hundreds of ‘Occupy Albany’ protesters

Occupy Albany protesters in New York’s capital city received an unexpected ally over the week: The state and local authorities.

According to the Albany Times Union, New York state troopers and Albany police did not adhere to a curfew crackdown on protesters urged by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings.

Mass arrests seemed to be in the cards once Jennings directed officers to enforce the curfew on roughly 700 protesters occupying the city owned park. But as state police joined the local cops, protesters moved past the property line dividing city and state land.

With protesters acting peacefully, local and state police agreed that low level arrests could cause a riot, so they decided instead to defy Cuomo and Jennings.

"We don’t have those resources, and these people were not causing trouble," a state official said. "The bottom line is the police know policing, not the governor and not the mayor."

This is such uplifting and welcome news after last night’s horrific events in Oakland. The Albany police have demonstrated why we must keep it peaceful. The police are the 99% - join us. 

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Sheriff Saves $1 Million By De-Privatizing County Jail

Sheriff Michael Page of Hernando County, Florida, is the latest in a line of Sheriffs to inherit the headache that is the county jail. After being operated by CCA for 22 years, the facility had fallen into exceptional disrepair, after CCA had neglected to perform millions of dollars worth of required maintenance. The county took over the facility a little more than a year ago and started the long process of upgrading the security, staff, and conditions of the jail.

Initial projections by then-Sheriff Richard Nugent hypothesized that the county could save up to $200,000 compared to what CCA would have charged. It turns out that de-privatizing the jail has actually saved Hernando County taxpayers more than $1,000,000 this year. Maybe Ric Scott and JD Alexander ought to reconsider their bullheaded push to privatize half the state’s prison system.

Imagine that…

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